Just after 11am on 4th August 1892, the bodies of Andrew and Abby Borden are discovered. He’s found on the sitting room sofa, she upstairs on the bedroom floor, both murdered with an axe.
It is younger daughter Lizzie who is first on the scene, so it is Lizzie who the police first question, but there are others in the household with stories to tell: older sister Emma, Irish maid Bridget, the girls’ Uncle John, and a boy who knows more than anyone realises.
In a dazzlingly original and chilling reimagining of this most notorious of unsolved mysteries, Sarah Schmidt opens the door to the Borden home and leads us into its murkiest corners, where jealousies, slow-brewed rivalries and the darkest of thoughts reside.
I’m sure everyone is aware of Lizzie Borden. Or at least the rhyme that was created about the murders of her father and step mother. I have to admit that even though I knew of her, I actually knew very little of events surrounding the murders. If anything this book will have you googling up to find out more.
This is the authors take on what happened that day. The story itself flicks between different characters so you can get different view points to what life was like in the Borden household. I have to say it wasn’t a very nice one. It felt very cold and even the characters I didn’t really feel any warmth for.
I actually felt in a way that I was descending into some sort of madness trying to get into Lizzie’s head and to whether I believed she was capable or not and if not, then who else could it have been.
I have to say I really enjoyed the bit at the back of the book where the author tells us how she came to write this story. The fact that she has been to the actual house where the murders took place and slept in Lizzie’s bedroom was fascinating. It was interesting to hear that Lizzie kept coming to the author, in a way insisting that she told her story. Who knows, this could actually be Lizzie’s own version of events. It’s up to the reader to decide that for themselves.
My thanks to Anne Cater and the publisher for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
See What I Have Done is available to purchase from Amazon.